I love working with folks around food choices, exercise goals and weight loss and most often what we talk about is behavior change. It starts like this…
“I want to lose 20 lbs”
“I want to eat better”
“I want to avoid diabetes since it runs in my family”
And then comes the hard part– how to get there…
So often we want to make HUGE commitments (think of your last New Year’s Resolutions) but it turns out that small change over time works best. Setting small goals that are measurable and realistic = Bite sized behavior change!
So instead of saying “I want to lose 10 pounds”, try “I will only eat dessert once a week” or “I will walk 10 minutes at lunch every day”.
Dr. BJ Fogg from Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab agrees and in fact has started a program based on tiny habits and counters the argument that change happens with “will power” and instead encourages people to make it as easy as possible by setting up your environment to promote the new behavior and attach your new “habit” to one that already exists (eg. brushing your teeth, eating a meal etc).
I love his website which you can sign up for free and pick your own 3 tiny habits to work on.
What tiny habits would you like to add to your life?
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